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The 10 best Smartphones available now

Smartphones are everywhere, and while lots of people are looking to see what the future will bring we’ve decided that since the second half of the year has just begun, we should look back and find the best smartphones from the past few months. So here you go, 10 of the best smartphones currently available for you to buy.

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Transport for London will accept contactless payments from 16th September

After a successful trial run, Transport for London is bringing contactless payments to its entire transport network from 16th September. That includes the buses, Underground, Overground, and DLR routes. Like the Oyster cards (which will continue to work), the new contactless system will automatically work out the cheapest fair available when you clock in and out of your transportation of …

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More Samsung Galaxy Alpha info leaks

Yesterday we saw images of what might be the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and today more information has emerged about the upcoming handset courtesy of SamMobile. According to the site, the Galaxy Alpha will have the same 4.8-inch 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED screen as the Galaxy S3, a fingerprint scanner, 32GB of internal storage (microSD expansion is apparently not included), and will …

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Lechal: smart shoes that give directions without having to look at a screen

One of the many great things about smartphones is that pretty much all of them have some sort of GPS navigation built in, so you’re never likely to get lost. But in the age of first world problems having to pull out your phone to look at a screen is a big of a pain. Enter Lechal, smart shoes that …

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Need a used vintage Combine Harvester? You need Lamma Xchange

I never really thought about buying a combine harvester before, but after a quick look I saw one for just under £12,000. I’m not expert on farming machinery, but considering that the next cheapest one is nearly £60,000 that might be a very good deal. So now I really want one, even though I have would literally never use it. That’s …

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The top 10 Android apps of 2014 so far

July is drawing to a close, meaning we are well into the second half of 2014. Now, Android users out there will undoubtedly have downloaded apps onto their devices this year, but did you download anything good? If you didn’t, we can help you out with ten of the best Android apps that have been released this year.

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The top 10 PlayStation games of 2014 so far

July is coming to an end, which means that we’re over halfway through the year. Scary that isn’t it? Where did the time go? This year has seen a number of great releases for Playstation consoles, and for your enjoyment, here are ten of the best PlayStation Games from the first half of 2014. 1. Infamous Second Son Set in …

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Apple is planning a 4K monitor and a 12-inch Retina MacBook

With the release of OS X Yosemite drawing ever closer, rumours have started to circulate that Apple is planning on overhauling the resolution available on some of its screens, namely a 4k monitor and a 12-inch Retina MacBook. This is according to 9to5Mac who claim that the upgraded screens will be released to coincide with the release of Yosemite. It’s currently …

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The best 10 iPhone apps of 2014 so far

We’ve managed to get halfway through 2014 already, doesn’t time fly? It’s a scary thought. As with everything else, the first half of 2014 has seen an awful lot of iPhone apps hit the App Store. But how do you wade through them all to find the best? Well we’ve curated ten of the best iPhone apps that were released …

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Apple set to launch a digital iWallet with the iPhone 6

Having to carry around cash and credit cards is a bit of a pain, especially since they take up a lot of room and can be easily stolen. The launch of the digital wallet has helped this somewhat, but with every tech-orientated company on the planet releasing their own versions it’s getting a bit ridiculous. Apple has announced that it …

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Tom PritchardApple set to launch a digital iWallet with the iPhone 6

Possible Samsung Galaxy Alpha images leak

We’ve heard a lot of rumours about a new Galaxy phone that Samsung are planning on releasing, the Galaxy Alpha, but we haven’t actually seen any images of the device. Until now, that is. Vietnamese tech blog Tinhte has posted images of a phone that features the words “Samsung Galaxy Alpha” on the screen. Strangely the handset looks an awful lot like …

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This smartphone projector is the perfect budget home cinema system

Watching films at home on a big screen is one of life’s great pleasures, but the problem is that the tech needed to do that is often very expensive. No more, thanks to this smartphone projector. It’s called the Smart Phone Projector, and as you may have realised it’s a projector for your smartphone. All you have to do is place …

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Apple’s dilemma – Five reasons tablets/iPad aren’t on your Christmas list

After a period of significant growth the tablet market had descended into a slump, with the market predicted to grow by a mere 14 per cent by the end of the year. For reference, the tablet market grew by 71 per cent in 2013, and 79 per cent in 2012. Comparing UK tablet sales from the first three months of …

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The top 10 Xbox games of 2014 so far

We’re half way through the year, and we’ve seen some great releases for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. We decided to look back and find you the ten top Xbox games from 2014 to make sure you didn’t miss a thing. 1. Wolfenstein: The New Order The Wolfenstein series returns to top form with the latest instalment of …

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Microsoft CEO confirms that Windows will merge into one OS

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that all versions of windows will soon merge into one operating system that will be available on all devices. “We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes. We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more …

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This digital tattoo can be used to unlock your Moto X

It’s a bit of a pain using passcodes, or patterns, or even pictures of your face to unlock your phone, but it’s definitely better than leaving it open for the world to access. Fortunately Motorola has developed a temporary  so-called digital tattoo that your phone could scan to unlock. Tattoo might not be the right word, since it’s actually a …

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Microsoft’s next Nokia is a budget Lumia 530

Now that Microsoft own Nokia, it’s no surprise that they’re pushing it to create more Lumia devices and help to spread the Windows Phone brand. Their first release? A budget Lumia 530 that will cost a mere €85 (around £67), which is astoundingly cheap. So what does this budget Lumia come with, can’t be that great for less than £70 can …

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HTC Desire 610 review — a mid-range pocket pleaser?

HTC seems to be covering all of its bases when it comes to releasing new smartphones, and the Desire 610 is definitely meant to cover the middle ground. At £240 SIM-free it was never going to be able to compete with the likes of the HTC One M8, but that’s clearly not what HTC was going for when it designed it. …

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NVIDIA launches SHIELD tablet, the most advanced mobile gaming system yet

NVIDIA has launched the latest SHIELD tablet, a mobile gaming device that can be used with a wireless gaming controller. Designed to be the most advanced mobile gaming system specifically for gamers, the SHIELD tablet promises to offer an unparalleled mobile gaming experience. The SHIELD includes the most powerful mobile processor released so far the 192 core NVIDIA Tegra-K1 GPU that …

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This tiny gadget, the pd.Id, will tell you if your drink has been spiked

Drink spiking is a serious issue, and one of the major concerns is that someone could slip you something if you can take your eyes off your drink for even a second. While there have been a number of things released that are designed to either prevent that from happening, or let you know if it has, they are often only …

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Tom PritchardThis tiny gadget, the pd.Id, will tell you if your drink has been spiked